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The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has spawned much litigation in which parents of children with disabilities and school districts disagree over the content of a student’s special education program. Supreme Court rulings are of tremendous importance, because they establish the legal standard for, and must be followed throughout, the entire country (Huefner, 2002; Yell, 2006). In the 30 years since the passage of the IDEA, from 1975 to 2005, the Supreme Court heard only seven cases that directly involved students with disabilities and the IDEA (Board of Education v. Rowley, 1982; Burlington School Committee v. Department of Education of Massachusetts, 1985; Cedar Rapids Community School District v. Garret F., 1999; Florence County School District v. Carter, 1993; Honig v. Doe, 1988; Irving Independent School District v. Tatro, 1984; Smith v. Robinson, 1984).
In the period from 2005 to 2007, the Supreme Court heard four cases on special education and issued rulings in three of these cases. This represents a significant increase in the special education cases heard by the high court. The Supreme Court rulings are of great importance to students with disabilities, their parents, and school districts. Moreover, the three rulings all addressed the procedural rights of parents. In this article, the authors review these decisions. They first provide a brief synopsis of the procedural rights that the IDEA provides to parents. Second, they review the three rulings and briefly explain the fourth case in which the high court did not issue a ruling. Third, the authors address the implications of these cases for educators and parents.
Full APA Citation: Yell, M. L., Ryan, J. B., Rozalski, M. E., & Katsiyannis, A. (2009). The U.S. Supreme Court and special education: 2005 to 2007. Teaching Exceptional Children, 41(3), 68-75.
Authors: Yell, Mitchell L.; Ryan, Joseph B.; Rozalski, Michael E., & Katsiyannis, Antonis
Title: The U.S. Supreme Court and Special Education: 2005 to 2007
Journal: TEACHING Exceptional Children
Publisher: Council for Exceptional Children
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